5 Simple Ways to Make Razor Blades Last Longer

5 Simple Ways to Make Razor Blades Last Longer

Posted by Mr. Foster on Oct 2nd 2019

Razor blade manufacturers say that your whiskers are as strong as copper and it dulls your blade. It may be true that whiskers are as strong as copper but that's not what ultimately "dulls" your blade. There is more to the equation.

We have seen all kinds of crazy ideas to beat the high cost of razor blades. They include things like storing them in miniature pyramids or placing them in the freezer between shaves. First, we have to ask ourselves, what makes the blade go bad after all? Why do they "go dull" after a week or two of use? Is it our tough burly beards? My cheap razors or something else? The answer is... something else. That "something else" is the residue you leave on the blade after every use! You leave water, soap, calcium from the water, skin from your face etc. on the blade. This is the gunk that builds up after several shaves and causes your blade to "go dull". The fact is, your blade is not going dull, it's just building up a layer of gunk similar to the gunk that builds up in your faucet if you don't clean it. That's the something else that I'm talking about and the razor manufacturers won't come clean. Why not? Cuz they'll sell less blades!

Remember dad telling you, "Clean your tools when you're done using them" or "If you take care of your tool, your tool will take care of you" He was right and these words of wisdom apply to the tool you use every day.

So the solution is to get the blade as clean as possible after every shave. But this isn't simple. The key is to take care of the razor after every use. Here are 5 ideas to consider in the challenge to make your razor blades last longer. This will also allow you to buy higher quality blades because they'll last longer.

#1. Soak your blade in rubbing alcohol between shaves.
This is a good idea to kill the bacteria that causes razor bumps but usually makes all of the synthetic rubberized or plastic material that controls the critical angle of your razor dissolve away. This is caused by the petroleum base and remember you'll have to add more alcohol every day because it evaporates quickly. It's also bad for the environment and some people develop allergic reactions.

#2. Run your razor blade over a piece of denim jeans 30 times after every shave to sharpen it.
Well let's get this straight, it doesn't sharpen the blade. By doing this you are just drying out the blade, wearing out your jeans, trapping cloth fibers between the blades before your next use and wasting a lot of time and effort. It works but it's a pain in the jeans.

#3. Use a botanically based oil that won't deteriorate the synthetic material and soak your blade in it after every use.
This is a great idea, it's fast, easy and it works. Such bathing products for your razor blade are available today, including our own Blade Bath. This simple solution can make your blade last three to four times longer by microscopically displacing the water and the gunk that causes shave bumps and shorter razor blade life. Considering the price of a great razor blade around $5 to $6, this is a great option because it will extend the life of any blade by three to four times.

#4. Prep your face properly before shaving.
We do suggest that you prep our face with warm water and a little mild soap prior to shaving. This soaks and softens your whiskers, making it easier to shave regardless of the blade quality but it won't make the blade last longer.

#5. Buy an electric gizmo or use your blow drier to blow-dry your blade dry.
Good but crazy expensive and time consuming. Remember, what's on the razor when you blow dry it, stays on the razor when its dry, including calcium deposits and bacteria that cause razor bumps. So this doesn't make sense.

Regardless of the blade you use, taking care of your "Tools of the Shave" are essential to a longer lasting razor blade.